April 28, 2006
Results from the April 11 Board of Education election for the Long Beach Unified School District indicate that Mary Stanton will retain her District 1 seat after defeating challenger Jim Deaton by a narrow margin. Michael Ellis will succeed Suja Lowenthal in District 3. Incumbent Fifth District Board Member Jim Choura will face challenger David Barton in a run-off election on June 6. The semi-official election results were expected to be certified by the Long Beach City Clerk’s Office soon. The certification was not expected to change the outcome.
In District 1, Stanton received 3,795 votes, or 50.9 percent, while Deaton received 3,660 votes, or 49 percent. In District 3, Ellis received 2,326 votes, or 59.8 percent, while Lowenthal received 1,560 votes, or 40.1 percent. In District 5, Barton received 6,423 votes, or 44.8 percent, while Choura received 5,511 votes, or 38.5 percent, and Florence Wilson received 2,378 votes, or 16.6 percent. The June run-off between Choura and Barton is necessary because neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.